Three Insights for Innovators from Elon Musk

Elon Musk was born in South Africa in 1971. He got his first computer at the age of 8 and learned to program. At 17 he went to University in Canada and subsequently settled in the USA where he founded a company, Zip2, which provided online travel guides. Zip2 was an early internet success and in 1999 he sold it ...

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Your Innovation Confidence Course

What we need is not to think of innovation as a lonely idea facing a huge set of obstacles. Rather, what we need is either 1) a clearly defined path for ideas to follow that will assess, develop and validate ideas effectively or 2) confident idea partners who are experienced in running the obstacle course.

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Three Practical Ways to Turn Naysayers into Innovators

Outsmart Your Instincts

Finding new product ideas and innovations to excite customers requires colossal creative effort and a certain comfort level with risk-taking. The considerable effort to take a product from idea to development to launch is both time and energy intensive. If it also demands dealing with naysayers at the table who poke holes in every idea expressed along the way, valuable ...

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Ethnography Alone Cannot Generate Transformative Insights

Consumer anthropology offers such refreshing insights into the marketplace, re-humanizing the relationship between people, things and stores in very profound and moving ways. This movement also has helped stores get their noses out of spreadsheet and theories and keep their eye on the customer experience. Whether in-store or online, this ethnographic sensitivity has positively been leveraged to optimize the present ...

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The 9 Key Behaviors of Top Problem Solvers

The 9 Key Behaviors of Top Problem Solvers

The great problem solvers of the world are no smarter than anyone else. What sets them apart are the behaviors they use on the hunt for solutions. We’ve all had times when something’s broken and we can’t seem to fix it. Instead we often create complicated workarounds, or just live with the dysfunction.    Both approaches are not genuine solutions. ...

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Top 100 Innovation Articles of 2016

Building upon the success of Braden Kelley’s Blogging Innovation, we launched Innovation Excellence on August 1, 2011 and so 2016 was our fifth full year of operations. To celebrate we’ve pulled together the Top 100 Innovation Articles of 2016 from our archive of over 7,500 innovation-related articles from more than 400 contributing authors. Click the link if you missed the ...

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Learning What to Stop Doing in the New Year

The start of any new year is often a time for reflection, both from an individual and organizational perspective.  We examine our lives and try and figure out things we want to do better.  We aspire and strive, set ourselves challenges and goals that will make us better. Usually these are additive.  We strive to exercise more, or be more ...

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